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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Apr 23, 2014 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Old Question: When Did You Know?

My dad is a deadhead, so a substantial slice of the music I was exposed to from an early age was GD. When I was around 10 I went through a period where I was really into them. I used to carry around Dick's Picks CDs in a gigantic CD pouch and listen to them on the school bus, during lunchtime, etc. But back then, I was more drawn to the up-tempo, short numbers (Big River, Me And My Uncle, Cumberland Blues). I also really enjoyed the short transitional exercises like China>Rider and NFA/GDTRFB; I was fascinated by their ability to create seamless medleys where you didn't know where one song ended and the other began. I also remember being captivated by Garcia's solo on the 8/6/71 Hard To Handle (from Fallout From The Phil Zone).

This period lasted a year or two, and it was a great bonding experience for my dad and me, but eventually I moved on to other things. For most of my early teens I was deeply immersed in Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and other such composers. I also started exploring jazz around this time. This all coincided with my learning the piano.

Then, at age 17, my senior year in high school, I started listening to Live Dead. I think that at that time I was deeply entrenched in more experimental, wide-open jazz like A Love Supreme and Black Saint And The Sinner Lady. Live Dead was a great way to cool my ears off from that stuff, because it was calmer but still transcendent and experimental. Then when I got to college I started rediscovering all my old Dick's Picks favorites, and became obsessed with the longer jams. Initially I was fixated on the Live Dead era stuff. DP16 and DP26 received frequent listenings.

Then, at the end of my first year of college, I discovered the archive, and I was thereafter officially hooked for life.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 23, 2014 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Old Question: When Did You Know?

As for the whole "Dad was a Deadhead" comment, it brought to mind a thought I've always had (yes, Peanut Gallery, one individual thought; simultaneous thoughts have proven dangerous to my simple mind). While my Dad was by no means a Deadhead (born a little too early), he had/has a love of music that certainly put me on the path. Country, Big Band, the Beatles, an as-yet-to-be-explained copy of ELP's Brain Salad Surgery LP and more were in his collection. Music was played at every dinner I can recall, the 33's and 45's stacked up on the turntable spindle, falling one after another right through dessert. I firmly believe that had he been born 18 years later he would have been in the crowd in Dillon Gym in 71 enthralled with Pig's epic Good Lovin'. Regardless, my mother still blames him for what happened to me. Yes, Waylon and Willie were my gateway drug.